Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Advocacy Intern

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Job Description

Advocacy Intern Application Deadline: 13 September 2020 Internship Description: The Advocacy Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a student intern for its Paris office. Ideally, the intern will be available for 6 months, starting in late-September to early October 2020. Due to Covid-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies. Responsibilities The student will intern closely with members of the Advocacy team, especially the France Director and the Advocacy Coordinator. The internship will primarily focus on advocacy-related activities, which include:
  • Monitoring official statements and developments on thematic and geographic issues;

  • Distributing press releases and talking points to relevant authorities;

  • Helping organize and attending meetings with decision makers and NGOs, and drafting meeting reports to ensure reporting and follow up;

  • Conducting Desk Research and drafting various advocacy documents;

  • Drafting memos and briefing documents;

  • Maintaining the “decision-maker” contact database; and

  • Translating documents from and to French and English.

This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns may attend planning and department staff meetings and may have the opportunity to attend in-house trainings and briefings. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting. Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled Master Degree student (Bac +4 or +5) studying Geopolitics, Political Science, International Relations, International Law or any other related fields are highly preferred;

  • Excellent written and oral command of English and French are essential;

  • Some experience in an association and/or experience abroad is desirable;

  • Knowledge of French and international media and institutions and the French association landscape is desirable; and

  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable applicants with a strong interest in human rights are highly preferred.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid authorization to intern in France for the duration of the internship. Compensation: Interns will receive EUR 3.90 per hour that they are in the office. Human Rights Watch will also reimburse 50% of the intern’s transportation costs. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships may offer direct exposure to the workings of an International Human Rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, and interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV, letter of interest, and writing sample in French. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered. Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer. Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of governments and international institutions.
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